City Year Sac Honors Local Female Leaders at Ripples of Hope Gala
By Lisa Murphy
City Year Sacramento (the nonprofit education group that places young adult volunteers in city schools to help students stay on track), honored a host of local female leaders for their contributions to Sacramento and California at their annual Ripples of Hope dinner on June 4.
The annual “Ripples of Hope Gala” raises money for City Year’s presence in Sacramento public schools and honors City Year corps members, who have already completed a year of service. The dinner also celebrated women in California who have made a significant impact on the local and statewide level.
News10 anchor Cristina Mendonsa, emceed the gala which honored a strong line-up of female leaders including Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA), California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, and Sara Noguchi, superintendent of the Sacramento City Unified School District. Noguchi presented the Ripples of Hope Award to Gail Johnson, Principal of Fr. Keith B Kenny K-8 School.
County State’s Attorney Jan Scully and Karen Baker, the chief service officer for the state agency California Volunteers, also addressed the corps members and attendees during the dinner, which was held in the courtyard of the California Museum.
Since City Year Sacramento was founded in 2011, the organization has had a powerful impact on the lives of thousands of children. Last year, more than 70 percent of the students receiving help from City Year in English and math showed improvement, and the five local schools that City Year provides services to, posted a 30 percent reduction in suspension or expulsion incidents. Attendance rates were sustained at 95 percent.